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Scott Elbert underwent appendectomy in January

Feb 9, 2014, 11:50 AM EDT

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From Eric Stephen at SB Nation’s True Blue LA:

GLENDALE — Dodgers relief pitcher Scott Elbert had his appendix removed on January 28, delaying his rehab from Tommy John surgery.

“It didn’t burst, but it was going to,” Elbert said. “It was hurting for a couple days and I didn’t know what it was, I thought it was the flu virus.”

Elbert was already expected to miss the first two months of the 2014 season for elbow rehab, and this appendectomy might tack on another few weeks.

The 28-year-old left-hander posted an impressive 2.32 ERA and 8.6 K/9 in 90 appearances for the Dodgers between 2011-2012, but injuries have been a near-constant frustration for him in recent years. Elbert was the 17th overall pick in the 2004 MLB Amateur Draft out of Seneca High School near Joplin, Missouri.

  1. dinofrank60 - Feb 9, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    Elbert has hard luck…

  2. genericcommenter - Feb 9, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    Mine burst and kept me out of life for almost 4 months. I never would have imagined such a thing was possible from such a common and seemingly minor ailment.

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